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A Ruby client for Kubernetes REST api. The client supports GET, POST, PUT, DELETE on nodes, pods, secrets, services, replication controllers, namespaces, resource quotas, limit ranges, endpoints, persistent volumes, persistent volume claims, component statuses and service accounts. The client currently supports Kubernetes REST api version v1.


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'kubeclient'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install kubeclient


Initialize the client:

client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'http://localhost:8080/api/' , "v1"

Or without specifying version (it will be set by default to "v1")

client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'http://localhost:8080/api/'

For A Group Api:

client = Kubeclient::Client.new('http://localhost:8080/apis/batch', 'v1')

Another option is to initialize the client with URI object:

uri = URI::HTTP.build(host: "somehostname", port: 8080)
client = Kubeclient::Client.new uri

It is also possible to use https and configure ssl with:

ssl_options = {
  client_cert: OpenSSL::X509::Certificate.new(File.read('/path/to/client.crt')),
  client_key:  OpenSSL::PKey::RSA.new(File.read('/path/to/client.key')),
  ca_file:     '/path/to/ca.crt',
  verify_ssl:  OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_PEER
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , "v1",
                                ssl_options: ssl_options

As an alternative to the ca_file it's possible to use the cert_store:

cert_store = OpenSSL::X509::Store.new
ssl_options = {
  cert_store: cert_store,
  verify_ssl: OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_PEER
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , "v1",
                                ssl_options: ssl_options

For testing and development purpose you can disable the ssl check with:

ssl_options = { verify_ssl: OpenSSL::SSL::VERIFY_NONE }
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , 'v1',
                                ssl_options: ssl_options

If you are using basic authentication or bearer tokens as described here then you can specify one of the following:

auth_options = {
  username: 'username',
  password: 'password'
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , 'v1',
                                auth_options: auth_options


auth_options = {
  bearer_token: 'MDExMWJkMjItOWY1Ny00OGM5LWJlNDEtMjBiMzgxODkxYzYz'
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , 'v1',
                                auth_options: auth_options


auth_options = {
  bearer_token_file: '/path/to/token_file'
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , 'v1',
                                auth_options: auth_options

If you are running your app using kubeclient inside a Kubernetes cluster, then you can have a bearer token file mounted inside your pod by using a Service Account. This will mount a bearer token secret a/ /var/run/secrets/kubernetes.io/serviceaccount/token (see here for more details). For example:

auth_options = {
  bearer_token_file: '/var/run/secrets/kubernetes.io/serviceaccount/token'
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , 'v1',
                                auth_options: auth_options

You can find information about token in this guide and in this reference.

You can also use kubeclient with non-blocking sockets such as Celluloid::IO, see here for details. For example:

require 'celluloid/io'
socket_options = {
  socket_class: Celluloid::IO::TCPSocket,
  ssl_socket_class: Celluloid::IO::SSLSocket
client = Kubeclient::Client.new 'https://localhost:8443/api/' , 'v1',
                                socket_options: socket_options

You can also use kubeclient with an http proxy server such as tinyproxy. It can be entered as a string or a URI object For example:

proxy_uri = URI::HTTP.build(host: "myproxyhost", port: 8443)
client = Kubeclient::Client.new('https://localhost:8443/api/',
                                :http_proxy_uri => proxy_uri)


Discovery from the kube-apiserver is done lazily on method calls so it would not change behavior.

It can also be done explicitly:

client = Kubeclient::Client.new('http://localhost:8080/api', 'v1')

It is possible to check the status of discovery

unless client.discovered


If you've been using kubectl and have a .kube/config file, you can auto-populate a config object using Kubeclient::Config:

config = Kubeclient::Config.read('/path/to/.kube/config')

...and then pass that object to Kubeclient::Client:

        ssl_options: config.context.ssl_options,
        auth_options: config.context.auth_options

You can also load your JSONified config in from an ENV variable (e.g. KUBE_CONFIG) like so:

Kubeclient::Config.new(JSON.parse(ENV['KUBE_CONFIG']), nil)


Get all instances of a specific entity type

Such as: get_pods, get_secrets, get_services, get_nodes, get_replication_controllers, get_resource_quotas, get_limit_ranges, get_persistent_volumes, get_persistent_volume_claims, get_component_statuses, get_service_accounts

pods = client.get_pods

Get all entities of a specific type in a namespace:

services = client.get_services(namespace: 'development')

You can get entities which have specific labels by specifying a parameter named label_selector (named labelSelector in Kubernetes server):

pods = client.get_pods(label_selector: 'name=redis-master')

You can specify multiple labels (that option will return entities which have both labels:

pods = client.get_pods(label_selector: 'name=redis-master,app=redis')

Get a specific instance of an entity (by name)

Such as: get_service "service name" , get_pod "pod name" , get_replication_controller "rc name", get_secret "secret name", get_resource_quota "resource quota name", get_limit_range "limit range name" , get_persistent_volume "persistent volume name" , get_persistent_volume_claim "persistent volume claim name", get_component_status "component name", get_service_account "service account name"

The GET request should include the namespace name, except for nodes and namespaces entities.

node = client.get_node ""
service = client.get_service "guestbook", 'development'

Note - Kubernetes doesn't work with the uid, but rather with the 'name' property. Querying with uid causes 404.

Delete an entity (by name)

For example: delete_pod "pod name" , delete_replication_controller "rc name", delete_node "node name", delete_secret "secret name"

Input parameter - name (string) specifying service name, pod name, replication controller name.

client.delete_service "redis-service"

Create an entity

For example: create_pod pod_object, create_replication_controller rc_obj, create_secret secret_object, create_resource_quota resource_quota_object, create_limit_range limit_range_object, create_persistent_volume persistent_volume_object, create_persistent_volume_claim persistent_volume_claim_object, create_service_account service_account_object

Input parameter - object of type Service, Pod, ReplicationController.

The below example is for v1

service = Service.new
service. = {}
service..name = "redis-master"
service..namespace = 'staging'
service.spec = {}
service.spec.ports = [{ 'port' => 6379,
                                'targetPort' => 'redis-server'
service.spec.selector = {}
service.spec.selector.name = "redis"
service.spec.selector.role = "master"
service..labels = {}
service..labels.app = 'redis'
service..labels.role = 'slave'
client.create_service service`

Update an entity

For example: update_pod, update_service, update_replication_controller, update_secret, update_resource_quota, update_limit_range, update_persistent_volume, update_persistent_volume_claim, update_service_account

Input parameter - object of type Pod, Service, ReplicationController etc.

The below example is for v1

client.update_service service1

Patch an entity (by name)

For example: patch_pod, patch_service, patch_secret, patch_resource_quota, patch_persistent_volume

Input parameters - name (string) specifying the entity name, patch (hash) to be applied to the resource, optional: namespace name (string)

The PATCH request should include the namespace name, except for nodes and namespaces entities.

The below example is for v1

client.patch_pod "docker-registry", {:metadata => {:annotations => {:key => 'value'}}}, "default"

Get all entities of all types : all_entities

Returns a hash with the following keys (node, secret, service, pod, replication_controller, namespace, resource_quota, limit_range, endpoint, event, persistent_volume, persistent_volume_claim, component_status and service_account). Each key points to an EntityList of same type. This method is a convenience method instead of calling each entity's get method separately.


Receive entity updates

It is possible to receive live update notices watching the relevant entities:

watcher = client.watch_pods
watcher.each do |notice|
  # process notice data

It is possible to interrupt the watcher from another thread with:


Watch events for a particular object

You can use the field_selector option as part of the watch methods.

watcher = client.watch_events(namespace: 'development', field_selector: 'involvedObject.name=redis-master')
watcher.each do |notice|
  # process notice date

Get a proxy URL

You can get a complete URL for connecting a kubernetes entity via the proxy.

client.proxy_url('service', 'srvname', 'srvportname', 'ns')
 => "https://localhost.localdomain:8443/api/v1/proxy/namespaces/ns/services/srvname:srvportname"

Note the third parameter, port, is a port name for services and an integer for pods:

client.proxy_url('pod', 'podname', 5001, 'ns')
 => "https://localhost.localdomain:8443/api/v1/namespaces/ns/pods/podname:5001/proxy"

Get the logs of a pod

You can get the logs of a running pod, specifying the name of the pod and the namespace where the pod is running:

client.get_pod_log('pod-name', 'default')
 => "Running...\nRunning...\nRunning...\n"

If that pod has more than one container, you must specify the container:

client.get_pod_log('pod-name', 'default', container: 'ruby')
 => "..."

If a container in a pod terminates, a new container is started, and you want to retrieve the logs of the dead container, you can pass in the :previous option:

client.get_pod_log('pod-name', 'default', previous: true)
 => "..."

You can also watch the logs of a pod to get a stream of data:

watcher = client.watch_pod_log('pod-name', 'default', container: 'ruby')
watcher.each do |line|
  puts line

Process a template

Returns a processed template containing a list of objects to create. Input parameter - template (hash) Besides its metadata, the template should include a list of objects to be processed and a list of parameters to be substituted. Note that for a required parameter that does not provide a generated value, you must supply a value.

client.process_template template


past version 1.2.0

Replace Specific Entity class references:


with the generic


Where ever possible.


  1. Fork it ( https://github.com/[my-github-username]/kubeclient/fork )
  2. Create your feature branch (git checkout -b my-new-feature)
  3. Test your changes with rake test rubocop, add new tests if needed.
  4. If you added a new functionality, add it to README
  5. Commit your changes (git commit -am 'Add some feature')
  6. Push to the branch (git push origin my-new-feature)
  7. Create a new Pull Request


This client is tested with Minitest and also uses VCR recordings in some tests. Please run all tests before submitting a Pull Request, and add new tests for new functionality.

Running tests:

rake test